Zoning Inspector I
City of Suffolk
Suffolk, VA
Description
Under general supervision, performs administrative and technical work in the enforcement of the City ordinances, and other related codes concerning zoning matters. Work involves conducting inspections, performing research to determine property ownership and responding to inquiries and complaints from the general public on zoning matters. Employee is also responsible for maintaining various records associated with inspection cases. Employee must exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment in all phases of work. Employee must also exercise tact, courtesy and firmness in frequent contact with property owners, developers, contractors and the general public. Reports to the Zoning Administration and Enforcement Manager.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job functions herein described. Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this job description.
Examples of Duties
Enforces the Zoning Code, by surveying, inspecting and investigating complaints and reviewing permit request for zoning and occupancy requirements.
Maintains administrative duties by preparing notices of code violations, forms and letters advising owners and tenants of violations and time requirements, preparing and maintaining inspection and related reports, ascertaining and verifying the correction of violations, and explaining the requirements of zoning standards and ordinances to property owners, building contractors and other interested parties.
Keeps daily log of inspection results and enters results into Tidemark pc system and mobile based computer.
Prepares certified mail for postage and delivery to post office.
Performs related duties by conducting inspections, collecting and preparing evidence for court, scheduling hearing dates, issuing summons, attending pre-court hearings, acting as court monitor, testifying in court, documenting and reporting the results of hearings, and attending training.
Performs public services by representing the department at civic league meetings, interdepartmental meetings and other forums to promote and explain objectives, referring issues to appropriate divisions, departments or agencies.
Receives and reviews complaints concerning allegations of zoning violations and performs inspections, as necessary.
Maintains City vehicles.
Purges and stores weekly, monthly, and annual data as related to zoning matters.
Performs other related duties as required.
Typical Qualifications
Completion of high school or equivalent supplemented by college-level course work in planning or public administration, building construction, civil engineering or architecture and 1 to 3 years of experience in the planning and zoning field; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.

Requires Certification from the International Code Council (ICC) as a certified zoning inspector within 18 months of the date of hire. Requires a valid driver's license.
Supplemental Information
Knowledge of planning, zoning and code enforcement practices.
Knowledge of the regulations and provisions of state and local zoning enabling legislation and provisions.
Knowledge of engineering principles as applied to the design and construction of a broad range of building structures and facilities.
Knowledge of the current literature, trends and developments in the field of zoning inspection and code enforcement.
Knowledge of the geographic layout of the City.
Knowledge of the principles of organization and administration.
Ability to read and interpret codes, ordinances, plans and specifications.
Ability to express ideas effectively orally and in writing.
Ability to exercise considerable tact, courtesy and firmness in frequent contact with property owners, developers, contractors, and the public.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.
Ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.
Ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes receiving instructions, assignments and/or directions from supervisors.
Ability to read a variety of reports, correspondents and forms, etc. Ability to prepare correspondence and reports using prescribed format and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction and style.
Ability to apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; to interpret a variety of instruction furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form.
Ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to use and interpret housing codes, mechanical and electrical terminology and language used within the department.
Ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add and subtract totals; to multiply and divide; to determine percentages and decimals; and to utilize basic systems of algebra and geometry.
Ability to use practical applications of fractions, percentages, and ratio and proportion.
Ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape.